• “Operation Sport”: Puerto Rico’s Recreational and Political Consolidation in an Age of Modernization and Decolonization, 1950s

    Author(s):
    Antonio Sotomayor (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Sports History
    Subject(s):
    Caribbean studies, Colonialism, Latin American history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Modernization, Populism, Puerto Rico, Decolonization, Sports History
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6S492
    Abstract:
    Contextualized in a Western push for post-war decolonization and modernization, the development of recreation programs in 1950s Puerto Rico helped consolidate the state’s sport institution and, in turn, legitimize a new political status. The 1950s was a pivotal decade in Puerto Rican history due to the creation of the Commonwealth in 1952 and the innovative economic project known as Operation Bootstrap. The term “Operation Sport” portrays the development of sport and recreation in this decade as collaboration between the government and the working classes to develop recreational/cultural activities to assuage the impact of dramatic industrialization. However, regardless of the perception of progress, critics targeted the program for its centralization and expropriations, comparing it to “Communist” governments. For the newly established Commonwealth, at stake in the popular acceptance of these recreational programs was evaluation of a new political status arising from promises of social justice.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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